Well it´s another year gone and by, another area left, another
companion, and several more challenges ahead, but I know 2014 will be
So I was transferred again. Kind of sad to say goodbye to Itupeva,
but I guess not to sad. I liked it their, but it wasn´t my favorite
area, or the best of transfers, and so it wasn´t to hard to leave
behind. President sent me back to Campinas! Back to the big city it
is! I´m liking the area here, but one of the hardest things about
being the missionary is that we are always in the cities, and I´m not
exactly the biggest city guy, so first thing I´m going to do when I
get home is take a nice long mountain retreat away from humans and all
Sorry, kind of went off on a tangent their. Anyways, I´m back in
Campinas again with Elder Lybbert who is from Georgia and has mais ou
menos 4 days in Brazil. It´s kind of funny to see him so completely
bewildered with Brazil and remember that only 5 or 6 months ago, I was
in exactly the same place. He´s new as new, hardly speaks, but is at
least willing to try and talk with people for a couple seconds before
looking at me with bewilderment when the people respond. It´s
Anyways we are opening an area together. I guess not really opening,
but we got double transferred in, so neither of us had much of an idea
of where to go or what to do. But we found some nice members of the
ward to help orient us, and it´s all work now. We are actually in
charge of two wards here, so I´m going to 6 hours of Church every
Sunday. Never will complain about three hours again. But with two
wards we have our work cut out for us. Should be a blast.
So we already found an awesome guy to teach. His name is Diego and we
found him knocking doors. We taught him and his whole family, and he
was totally interested, read the pamphlets we left him, and when we
picked him up for Church yesterday he asked us if he could have a Book
of Mormon. And then it turns out some of his great friends are
already members, so he looks like he´s on the fast track to be
baptized. He´s already reading the Book of Mormon, already going to
Church, is really interested, and alread has friends in the Church.
President has asked that we start doing a lot more work with Menos
Ativos which has been really cool. Yesterday we went by this guys
house who was baptized when he was 18, stayed firm for 20 years and
was even stake executive secratary, but then had a really ugly divorce
which kind of drove him away from the Church. But he never lost his
testimony. When we stopped by, he told us he wants to go back, and
that he knows its true, but he´s living with another woman now, and he
thought she didn´t want anything to do with the Church. So we talked
a bit with him, telling him that people can change, and then his wife
walks in and we start talking to her, and turns out she has been
wanting to find a church to go to, and has some really serious
concerns about life she wants answered, and agreed to start taking
lessons from us, which took her husband completely by suprise. Goes,
to show, you just never know who the Lord is preparing.
Well that´s kind of what´s happening with me this week. Just want to
share a scripture to end it off.
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes
of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great
exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Jesus Christ is our perfect example. He spent his whole life serving
and teaching others, helping them to become better people, and ended
up giving his life so that through him, we can overcome our
difficulties and become cleansed from sin so we can return to his
presence. For all that he did, he never demanded fame, he never
demanded honor. He served with his heart out of love for others. As
followers of Christ, we need to do the same. Love with all out heart
and minister unto the needs of others.
Eu sei que Deus nos ama muito e mandou seu Filho para que pudessemos
vencer pecado e dor. Sei que Jesus Cristo é nosso Salvador, e só por
meio ele podemos ter felicidade e alegria durante nossas vidas.
Eu amo vocês.